Comic Process Step 2

Okay! So you’ve all seen my first post about my comic process. Here’s what happens next!

I don’t usually scan my paper sketches. For one thing, I don’t have a good scanner anymore. But I find a certain satisfaction in re-sketching.

Once I have it laid out on paper and I’m ready to go digital, I head to Manga Studio. If you haven’t used this program, give it a try. It’s got some really great features for laying out your panels.

So I open up Manga Studio and I lay out my panels. Typically I pull up a grid and turn on “snap to grid” so I can make sure my page borders are consistent and my panels line up correctly.

After I have my panels laid out, then I create a layer over all of it and sketch my page out again. This usually goes a lot faster than my initial layout because I already know what I want to do. I find sketching again really helps, though. It gives me a chance to see how it’s really going to look and adjust my panels to suit. There have been plenty of times when I’ve changed a panel during this step because it looks better once I see it on the screen.

Once I’ve gotten this done I start working on panels individually and I’ll cover that in my next post.

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